July 2012

Little Change In State Employment Picture

By Jim McCoy Tue 17th July Newseconomyjobs

Oregon employers created 1,700 new jobs in June, but the unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 8.5 percent. That's according to new figures released on Tuesday. The unemployment rate was 8.4 percent in May. Hiring was strong in the manufacturing sector as well as transportation and utilities, but those gains were partially offset by declines in government and service jobs.Read More »

Gov. Kitzhaber Declares State of Emergency For Wildfires

By Jim McCoy Tue 17th July NewsfiresGov. John Kitzhaber

Gov. John Kitzhaber has declared a state of emergency in response to wildfires that have burned more than 1,100 square miles in southeastern Oregon. Kitzhaber signed an executive order Tuesday directing state agencies to assist affected landowners and seek federal disaster assistance.Read More »

Check cashing arrest

By admin Tue 17th July News
Police say an Oregon man tried to cash a check from another man's account, only to run into his victim at the bank. Medford police arrested 37 year old Matthew Frombach on Saturday after the victim's friend chased him down and tackled him outside the bank.Read More »

Forest Homicide

By admin Tue 17th July NewsLake County
Sheriff's officers in Southern Oregon say a woman whose body was found in a utility trailer on national forest land earlier this month is a homicide victim. Lake County Sheriff Phil McDonald says an autopsy has identified the woman as 47 year old Valerie Annette Watts of Lakeview.  Her daughter reported her missing on June 25.Read More »

Forbes: Sports' Most Valuable Franchise

By Jim McCoy Mon 16th July Sportssports business
Manchester United is the most valuable franchise in sports at $2.23 billion, according to Forbes magazine's annual survey. The English Premier League team, owned by the same American family that owns the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is ranked on top thanks to lucrative global sponsorship deals. Second is another soccer team, Real Madrid, at $1.88 billion.Read More »

A Lin "sane" Decision For the Knicks

By Jim McCoy Mon 16th July SportsJeremy LinNBANew York Knicks
This would have been such an obvious decision in February. Jeremy Lin was Kobe Bryant's equal on the court and at the souvenir stand during a mesmerizing stretch that Commissioner David Stern said he had "never quite seen anything like." No way the New York Knicks were letting Lin get away back then, when he was the biggest thing in basketball. Things are different noRead More »

BREAKING NEWS: Jackson County Surveyor Dies In Accident

By Jim McCoy Mon 16th July NewsJackson County SurveyorKerry Bradshaw

A motor vehicle accident on Wilson Road in Central Point has claimed the life of Kerry Bradshaw, Jackson County Surveyor. The accident occurred Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Jackson County Administrator Danny Jordan says he will remember Bradshaw as a "kind man and worked toward creating and implementing his vision for the Surveyor's office.Read More »

Bottle Bomb Found Outside Medford Store Discovered

By Jim McCoy Mon 16th July NewsbombsMedford Police

Fortunately no one was injured by a bottle bomb discovered by a passer by Sunday morning behind the back of the Albertson's store on West Main. An OSP squad used a water cannon to detonate the two liter bottle wrapped in duct tape and filled with what police believe is hydrochloric acid. Medford Police Lt.Read More »

Drug "Take Back" Box Established in Jacksonville

By Jim McCoy Mon 16th July NewsdrugsJacksonville news

A sixth drug “take back” box has been set up in Jackson County- the latest set up in Jacksonville at the police department. The idea is to keep unused prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands. It also provides a more environmentally sensible means of discarding unused drugs. The service is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Firefighters Conquer Large Blaze

By Jim McCoy Mon 16th July Newsfire

Oregon's largest wildfire in more than a century has been fully contained after burning more than 900 square miles- more than twice the size of Multnomah County. Fire information officer Trish Hogervorst says the Long Draw Fire in the southeast corner of Oregon was contained on Sunday night after crews took advantage of lower temperatures and higher humidity.Read More »

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